Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Every Contact Counts: Contact Tracing for Public Health Professionals

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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1.50 hours


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Help your public health agency expand their contact tracing efforts and slow the spread of COVID-19. Public health professionals, who might not have experience with contact tracing, can take this course to learn the basics and to be successful in reaching out to community members to save lives.

The course can complement existing disease surveillance systems, programs, and trainings your organization is already using to help monitor the public's health. It also provides an interactive learning experience through interview skill-building videos, quizzes, and an exercise to practice key decision-making during a contact interview.

(Coronavirus- COVID-19)

What You'll Learn

  • Define contact tracing.
  • Describe the important role contact tracers have in protecting the public.
  • Identify criteria that determine whether someone is a potential contact.
  • Identify the key components of a successful contact tracing interview.
  • Apply principles of successful contact tracing interviews to a mock interview scenario.
  • Conduct contact tracing interviews with professionalism and sensitivity.

Competency Terms

Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Communicable Disease Control
Emergency Preparedness and Response (all hazards)
COL Domains & Competencies
Analytical/Assessment Skills

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Health Educator
Health Officer
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health/Preventative Medicine Physician
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Registered Nurse - Unspecified
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
Conduct community assessments
Develop surveillance procedures
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Link clients to needed personal health services and ensure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
Meet with clients for purposes other than delivering direct health services